Liverpool FC Women will host Bristol City on Sunday in a must-win Women’s Super League fixture.
March was a tough month for the Reds who are on a concerning four-game losing streak.Embed from Getty Images
“Mad March”, as Vicky Jepson described it, was perhaps one of Liverpool’s worst this season.
Liverpool lost games in both the WSL and the FA Cup – faltering against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City on two occasions.
The girls haven’t played a game since March 31, so will be well-rested and ready for their upcoming home clash.
Ashley Hodson, who recently signed a new long-term contract with the club, looks in full swing following her injury recovery. The forward could be given the nod to start alongside an in-form Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.
Sweetman-Kirk – who scored Liverpool’s only goal in the reverse fixture – will definitely be looking to add to her tally. The No.9 is currently on 12 goals in 19 appearances across all competitions.
Just one goal for Sweetman-Kirk against Bristol will see her slide into the top five highest scorers this season. She will overtake respected England international and Reading midfielder Fara Williams.Embed from Getty Images
Another player likely to influence Liverpool’s front line is 20-year-old Rinsola Babajide. The youngster is looking untouchable in Jepson’s starting XI.
Form and results
Liverpool’s last five: WLLLL
Bristol’s last five: LLLWL
Bristol City are in a comfortable fifth place in the WSL table. They sit nine points ahead of Liverpool and six behind Birmingham who are one place ahead.
Despite being in a pretty impressive position, Bristol have won just one of their last five games. The Vixens suffered back-to-back defeats to Chelsea and Arsenal – losing 6-0 and 4-0 respectively.
Their slim 1-0 victory over Everton wasn’t enough to keep a winning streak going as they were defeated by Reading the following week.Embed from Getty Images
The reverse fixture against Liverpool saw Lucy Graham and Ella Rutherford seal the deal in a 2-1 win. Since then, Bristol have won five out of their ten WSL games played.
With no chance of any real progression up the table, Bristol may take their foot off the gas, giving Liverpool an advantage to snatch the win.
Relegation risk removed
Jepson and the Reds ran a serious risk of losing their place in the Women’s Super League. However, Yeovil Town’s attempts weren’t enough to keep them up and as a result have confirmed their relegation.
The Glovers will drop to the Championship next season, in place of Manchester United who have earned their promotion.
As a result, Liverpool are safe alongside struggling Merseyside rivals Everton. All eyes are now on ending this campaign with three wins out of three to finish on a high.